IOM3 welcomes launch of key waste and packaging consultations

19 Feb 2019

Reacting to the launch this week of four significant government consultations on reducing packaging, introducing new initiatives for waste systems and cutting plastic pollution, IOM3 has welcomed these concrete steps to implement the commitments made in the Government’s Resources and Waste Strategy published in 2018.

Environment Secretary Michael Gove said, ‘we are committed to going further and faster to reduce, reuse, recycle and cut waste. That’s why we are leading the way to move away from being a “throw-away” society and drive up domestic recycling.’

The 12-week consultations will aim to change the existing, flawed system of producer responsibility for packaging and introduce a tax on plastic packaging that does not contain at least 30% recycled plastic. A Deposit Return Scheme (DRS) for cans and bottles is also proposed in a bid to drive up recycling rates and encourage the public to recycle more. Finally, proposals are being discussed to drive greater consistency in recycling collections.

Colin Church, IOM3 CEO, said, ‘This is a very important step and a critical moment for the UK. There is a clear need for changes to be made to the existing system of producer responsibility for packaging, overhaul the country’s waste system and address the issue of plastic waste. IOM3 looks forward to playing a full part in these discussions.’

The changes will make up a key part of the Government’s upcoming Environment Bill, to be introduced early in the second session of Parliament. The plastics tax is due to come in from April 2022. 

The consultations are now open until 13 May 2019.

Notes to editors

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